County Seeks Milkweed for Elementary Classes

Second grade classes in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are asking residents to help them explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly by providing schools with milkweed — the natural habitat for the popular butterfly.

In late May, most second grade classrooms across the county receive caterpillars. The students will document the insect’s developmental stages through chrysalis before they emerge as the familiar orange and black monarch.

Residents who grow milkweed can help students be involved in all aspects of the natural life cycle of the butterfly by donating their milkweed plants to their neighborhood school.  All milkweed given to schools must be pesticide free.

To participate, contact Jodi Hepner at 571-423-4782 or contact the science lead teacher at your local school.  You can find your local school here.